The communities of Niagara made sure that Akil Thomas's last day with the Niagara IceDogs was a memorable one.
Jim Brady, Chair of Niagara Region, and the 11 respective mayors of the region signed an official proclamation that January 9, 2020 would be celebrated as "Akil Thomas Day."
The 51st pick by the LA Kings in the 2018 NHL Draft scored the Golden Goal of the 2020 World Junior Championship to capture the Gold Medal for Team Canada.
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Whereas Akil Thomas Day celebrates Akil's valued contributions to Team Canada's success and gold medal winning goal at the 2020 World Junior Championships Tournament in the Czech Republic.
Winning the 2020 World Junior Championship is the perfect ending to a tough tournament and is a result of the professionalism and hard work exhibited by the players, coaching and training staff of team Canada.
The communities of Niagara acknowledge the contributions that Captain Aki I Thomas has brought to the Niagara lceDogs this season. This victory is also for the passionate Niagara lceDogs fans, who are the best in the Ontario Hockey League. As a member of Team Canada, we couldn't be prouder of his stellar performance during the World Junior Championships. As one of the world's most competitive country's in the sport of hockey, Canada has become a model that lives and breathes the game.
Today, on Akil Thomas Day, as we gather to celebrate and honour Akil, we encourage everyone in Niagara to show our support, pride, love and appreciation forth is incredible team. This is a day to celebrate Akil's contributions to Canada and Niagara and wish him well in his career on and off the ice. We can't wait to see what the future holds for Akil.
NOWTHEREFORE, the communities of Niagara do hereby proclaim January 9, 2020 as "Akil Thomas Day" in the Region of Niagara.